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The Leopold Center is a research and education center on the campus of Iowa State University created to identify and reduce negative environmental and social impacts of farming and develop new ways to farm profitably while conserving natural resources. The Center's work is focused in these initiatives - ecological systems research, marketing and food systems research, policy research and cross-cutting research that bridges all areas (water, energy, soil and alternative farming systems).
Students harvest sweet potatoes from plots at the ISU Horticulture Research Station north of Ames in mid-October. ISU horticulture professor Ajay Nair is finding success in adapting this typically southern crop to Iowa soils and climate. Read more about this year's harvest and its potential for Iowa farmers. And try Nair's favorite recipe for sweet potato fries here. Nair writes about his work, supported by the Leopold Center, on the IowaVegetables blog and shares findings on his ISU Sustainable Vegetable Production Lab website. Read article in the Ames Tribune [November 27, 2013]